WHO Report – 40 People Drown Every Hour
The World Health Organization (WHO) is trying to bring attention to what it calls a “neglected public health issue,” revealing that an average of 40 people die every hour from drowning.
WHO Releases Drowning Report
According to Scientific American, the WHO has published a report representing the first global snapshot of the frequency and causes of unintentional drowning.
The report concluded that an every of 372,000 people die every year from drowning – roughly one death every 90 seconds.
The reports also noted that men were twice as likely to drown as women, and more than 90 percent of drowning deaths occurred in low- to middle-income nations.
According to the WHO, drowning remains a largely neglected issue, despite the alarming frequency at which drowning occurs. The WHO also noted that how a victim is treated at the scene of a drowning “almost exclusively” determines the victim’s chances of survival.
U.S. Drowning Statistics
- According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 10 people die from drowning in the U.S. every day.
- 20 percent of U.S. drowning victims are children under the age 14.
- For every child that drowns, another five a treated in emergency rooms for submersion injuries.